Development Process

Development Advisory Meetings

Development Advisory Meetings (DAM), also known as “Pre-lodgement meetings”, are held for people intending to develop within Fairfield City who are looking for advice and help from Council planning and building staff before lodging development applications.

Development Advisory Meetings help to:

  • Identify important issues that need to be considered and addressed in development applications;
  • Meet planning objectives in Council’s Local Environmental Plan and check that applicable Development Control Plans have been met and are understood;
  • Make the design and development assessment process clearer to someone who is developing in the City for the first time or for sites with exceptional characteristics such as heritage or environmental impacts, and
  • Minimise processing times and the need to modify proposals.

While every care is given to provide advice at Development Advisory Meetings, applicants must ensure they understand site constraints, zoning and development control requirements. It helps to engage professionally qualified people with a portfolio of successful and well-designed developments to prepare applications.


How do I arrange a Development Advisory meeting?

Step One: Contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9725 0222 to arrange a time.

Step Two: Supply information to Council staff one week before the meeting so that they can prepare for your meeting.

What information is needed for a Development Advisory Meeting?

The following list provides the minimal information that should be presented to Council staff:

  • Site Plan showing boundary lines, site dimensions, north point drawn at an appropriate scale.

  • Concept plan or detailed plans showing indicative floor plans and elevations for proposed buildings.

  • A summary statement about environmental effects describing:
  • The property description, zoning, and development control plans that apply;
  • The allowable use/development of the land and a summary of the planning controls;
  • Variations from planning controls, the justification and how the objectives of the controls will be met;
  • Site issues particular to the development site;
  • Environmental issues particular to the development site, including significant vegetation, mainstream or overland flooding, or heritage;
  • Social issues particular to the development, including benefits or impacts;
  • Economic issues particular to the development, such as benefits or impacts, and
  • Infrastructure issues, including traffic and services.

How much does a Development Advisory Meeting cost?


  • Minor Developments (for example dual occupancies and change of uses) that have a cost of less than $500,000 is $354.00
  • Major Developments (for example townhouse developments) that have a cost of works between $500,000 - $4,000,000 is $657.00
  • Significant Developments (for example large scale residential flat buildings, commercial and industrial developments) that have a cost of works greater than $4,000,000 is $1,111.00


What will be the outcome of a Development Advisory Meeting?

Council officers will write down the issues discussed and things for you to consider before finalising your proposal. A copy of a “Record of Development Advisory Meeting” will be sent to you.